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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421225/using-telephony-data-to-facilitate-discovery-of-clinical-workflows
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Donald W Rucker
BACKGROUND:  Discovery of clinical workflows to target for redesign using methods such as Lean and Six Sigma is difficult. VoIP telephone call pattern analysis may complement direct observation and EMR-based tools in understanding clinical workflows at the enterprise level by allowing visualization of institutional telecommunications activity. OBJECTIVE:  To build an analytic framework mapping repetitive and high-volume telephone call patterns in a large medical center to their associated clinical units using an enterprise unified communications server log file and to support visualization of specific call patterns using graphical networks...
April 19, 2017: Applied Clinical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410337/adaptation-of-lean-six-sigma-methodologies-for-the-evaluation-of-veterans-choice-program-at-3-urban-veterans-affairs-medical-centers
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Sherry L Ball, Lauren D Stevenson, Amy C Ladebue, Marina S McCreight, Emily C Lawrence, Taryn Oestreich, Anne C Lambert-Kerzner
OBJECTIVE: The Veterans Healthcare Administration (VHA) is adapting to meet the changing needs of our Veterans. VHA leaders are promoting quality improvement strategies including Lean Six Sigma (LSS). This study used LSS tools to evaluate the Veterans Choice Program (VCP), a program that aims to improve access to health care services for eligible Veterans by expanding health care options to non-VHA providers. RESEARCH DESIGN: LSS was utilized to assess the current process and efficiency patterns of the VCP at 3 VHA Medical Centers...
April 13, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389078/improving-operating-room-efficiency-in-academic-children-s-hospital-using-lean-six-sigma-methodology
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Edward P Tagge, Arul S Thirumoorthi, John Lenart, Carlos Garberoglio, Kenneth W Mitchell
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Lean Six Sigma (LSS) is a process improvement methodology that utilizes a collaborative team effort to improve performance by systematically identifying root causes of problems. Our objective was to determine whether application of LSS could improve efficiency when applied simultaneously to all services of an academic children's hospital. METHODS: In our tertiary academic medical center, a multidisciplinary committee was formed, and the entire perioperative process was mapped, using fishbone diagrams, Pareto analysis, and other process improvement tools...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358788/an-application-of-business-process-management-to-health-care-facilities
#4
Mohsen M D Hassan
The purpose of this article is to help health care facility managers and personnel identify significant elements of their facilities to address, and steps and actions to follow, when applying business process management to them. The ABPMP (Association of Business Process Management Professionals) life-cycle model of business process management is adopted, and steps from Lean, business process reengineering, and Six Sigma, and actions from operations management are presented to implement it. Managers of health care facilities can find in business process management a more comprehensive approach to improving their facilities than Lean, Six Sigma, business process reengineering, and ad hoc approaches that does not conflict with them because many of their elements can be included under its umbrella...
March 30, 2017: Health Care Manager
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277381/working-toward-quality-in-obstetric-anesthesia-a-business-approach
#5
Grant C Lynde
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Physicians are increasingly required to demonstrate that they provide quality care. How does one define quality? A significant body of literature in industries outside of health care provides guidance on how to define appropriate metrics, create teams to troubleshoot problem areas, and sustain those improvements. RECENT FINDINGS: The modern quality movement in the United States began in response to revolutionary gains in both quality and productivity in Japanese manufacturing in the 1980's...
March 8, 2017: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212907/improving-preoperative-throughput
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Jennifer Franklin, Tony Franklin
Preoperative throughput is an important piece in achieving the perioperative goal for first case on time starts. An inefficient preoperative (preop) department can delay surgery starts and impact the patient flow throughout the day. Research is abundant in applying lean six sigma principles in the operating room, however there are minimal studies that specifically apply these tools in the preop. The perioperative process includes the preop, operating room, and the postoperative departments. All areas have to run like a well-oiled machine to improve performance and achieve positive outcomes...
February 2017: Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing: Official Journal of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205271/lean-six-sigma-methodologies-improve-clinical-laboratory-efficiency-and-reduce-turnaround-times
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Tamer C Inal, Ozlem Goruroglu Ozturk, Filiz Kibar, Salih Cetiner, Selcuk Matyar, Gulcin Daglioglu, Akgun Yaman
BACKGROUND: Organizing work flow is a major task of laboratory management. Recently, clinical laboratories have started to adopt methodologies such as Lean Six Sigma and some successful implementations have been reported. This study used Lean Six Sigma to simplify the laboratory work process and decrease the turnaround time by eliminating non-value-adding steps. METHODS: The five-stage Six Sigma system known as define, measure, analyze, improve, and control (DMAIC) is used to identify and solve problems...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183346/study-protocol-improving-the-transition-of-care-from-a-non-network-hospital-back-to-the-patient-s-medical-home
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Roman A Ayele, Emily Lawrence, Marina McCreight, Kelty Fehling, Jamie Peterson, Russell E Glasgow, Borsika A Rabin, Robert Burke, Catherine Battaglia
BACKGROUND: The process of transitioning Veterans to primary care following a non-Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitalization can be challenging. Poor transitions result in medical complications and increased hospital readmissions. The goal of this transition of care quality improvement (QI) project is to identify gaps in the current transition process and implement an intervention that bridges the gap and improves the current transition of care process within the Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS)...
February 10, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152722/integrating-lean-six-sigma-in-the-daily-operations-of-an-icu-to-achieve-safe-quality-patient-care
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Jacqueline Magurn, Joanne McGovern, Michelle Jetter, Sarah Beadling, Dorothy Gregoire
230 Background: Developing and maintaining a culture of safety and quality in delivering patient care is critical in the intensive care unit (ICU) especially an oncology ICU. Incorporating the Lean Six Sigma program into daily operations of the ICU achieves, simplifies, and sustains continuous improvement in the delivery of safe quality patient care. This program engages the ICU team through visual management of quality, safety, and budget indicators including medication scanning, falls, sharps exposure, infection prevention including blood stream, catheter, hospital and ventilator acquired pneumonias, venous embolism prevention, and staffing compliance...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125455/the-role-of-accountable-care-organization-affiliation-and-ownership-in-promoting-physician-practice-participation-in-quality-improvement-collaboratives
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Vanessa B Hurley, Hector P Rodriguez, Stephen M Shortell
BACKGROUND: Quality improvement collaboratives (QICs) have emerged as an important strategy to improve processes and outcomes of clinical care through interorganizational learning. Little is known about the organizational factors that support or deter physician practice participation in QICs. PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to examine organizational influences on physician practices' propensity to participate in QICs. We hypothesized that practice affiliation with an accountable care organization (ACO) and practice ownership by a system or community health center (CHC) would increase the propensity of physician practices to participate in a QIC...
January 25, 2017: Health Care Management Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099059/family-physician-readiness-for-value-based-payments-does-ownership-status-matter
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Heidy Robertson-Cooper, Bradley Neaderhiser, Laura E Happe, Roy A Beveridge
Value-based payments are rapidly replacing fee-for-service arrangements, necessitating advancements in physician practice capabilities and functions. The objective of this study was to examine potential differences among family physicians who are owners versus employed with respect to their readiness for value-based payment models. The authors surveyed more than 550 family physicians from the American Academy of Family Physician's membership; nearly 75% had made changes to participate in value-based payments...
January 18, 2017: Population Health Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048698/tu-fg-bra-02-assure-the-quality-of-treatment-planning-when-time-is-constrained
#12
J Chang
Optimizing Radiation Therapy Process The radiotherapy (RT) process has evolved over the years with innovations in CT and MR simulations, treatment planning, and treatment delivery. Image-Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT) has been widely adopted for patient setup, leading to margin reduction and isocenter repositioning after simulation. Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT) and Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) have gradually become the standard of care for many treatment sites, which demand a higher throughput for the simulation/plan/treatment even if the number of treatments per day remains the same...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047314/tu-fg-bra-00-optimizing-the-treatment-planning-process
#13
Wenzheng Feng
Optimizing Radiation Therapy Process The radiotherapy (RT) process has evolved over the years with innovations in CT and MR simulations, treatment planning, and treatment delivery. Image-Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT) has been widely adopted for patient setup, leading to margin reduction and isocenter repositioning after simulation. Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT) and Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) have gradually become the standard of care for many treatment sites, which demand a higher throughput for the simulation/plan/treatment even if the number of treatments per day remains the same...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047234/tu-fg-bra-03-systems-engineering-and-treatment-planning-process-control-in-radiation-medicine
#14
A Kapur
Optimizing Radiation Therapy Process The radiotherapy (RT) process has evolved over the years with innovations in CT and MR simulations, treatment planning, and treatment delivery. Image-Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT) has been widely adopted for patient setup, leading to margin reduction and isocenter repositioning after simulation. Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT) and Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) have gradually become the standard of care for many treatment sites, which demand a higher throughput for the simulation/plan/treatment even if the number of treatments per day remains the same...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046644/tu-fg-bra-01-treatment-planning-process-management-and-optimization-in-clinical-environmental
#15
W Feng
Optimizing Radiation Therapy Process The radiotherapy (RT) process has evolved over the years with innovations in CT and MR simulations, treatment planning, and treatment delivery. Image-Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT) has been widely adopted for patient setup, leading to margin reduction and isocenter repositioning after simulation. Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT) and Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) have gradually become the standard of care for many treatment sites, which demand a higher throughput for the simulation/plan/treatment even if the number of treatments per day remains the same...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045650/reduction-in-alert-fatigue-in-an-assisted-electronic-prescribing-system-through-the-lean-six-sigma-methodology
#16
Mª Jesús Cuéllar Monreal, Jorge Reig Aguado, Isabel Font Noguera, José Luis Poveda Andrés
OBJECTIVE: To reduce the alert fatigue in our Assisted Electronic Prescribing System (AEPS), through the Lean Six Sigma (LSS) methodology. METHOD: An observational (transversal) and retrospective study, in a general hospital with 850 beds and AEPS. The LSS methodology was followed in order to evaluate the alert fatigue situation in the AEPS system, to implement improvements, and to assess outcomes. The alerts generated during two trimesters studied (before and after the intervention) were analyzed...
January 1, 2017: Farmacia Hospitalaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005677/an-exploratory-analysis-for-lean-and-six-sigma-implementation-in-hospitals-together-is-better
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Jung Young Lee, Kathleen L McFadden, Charles R Gowen
BACKGROUND: Despite the increasing interest for Lean and Six Sigma implementations in hospitals, there has been little empirical evidence that goes beyond descriptive case studies to address the current status and the effectiveness of the implementations. PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to explore existing patterns of Lean and Six Sigma implementation in U.S. hospitals and compare the performance of the different patterns. METHODOLOGY/APPROACH: We collected data from 215 U...
December 22, 2016: Health Care Management Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917566/perioperative-hypothermia-in-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-patients-effectiveness-of-a-thermoregulation-intervention-and-associated-risk-factors
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Branden M Engorn, Stephanie L Kahntroff, Karen M Frank, Sarabdeep Singh, Helen A Harvey, Charles T Barkulis, Annika M Barnett, Olamide O Olambiwonnu, Eugenie S Heitmiller, Robert S Greenberg
BACKGROUND: Hypothermia in neonatal intensive care unit patients is associated with morbidity. Perioperative normothermia is the standard of care. AIMS: We hypothesized that a quality improvement intervention (transport protocol, transport education, ongoing monitoring) would decrease the incidence of perioperative hypothermia. Secondarily, we hypothesized that patients undergoing surgery at a postmenstrual age of <37 weeks or at a weight of <1.5 kg would be at higher risk for perioperative hypothermia...
February 2017: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902532/lean-six-sigma-to-reduce-intensive-care-unit-length-of-stay-and-costs-in-prolonged-mechanical-ventilation
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Stephen Trzeciak, Michael Mercincavage, Cory Angelini, William Cogliano, Emily Damuth, Brian W Roberts, Sergio Zanotti, Anthony J Mazzarelli
OBJECTIVE: Patients with prolonged mechanical ventilation (PMV) represent important "outliers" of hospital length of stay (LOS) and costs (∼$26 billion annually in the United States). We tested the hypothesis that a Lean Six Sigma (LSS) approach for process improvement could reduce hospital LOS and the associated costs of care for patients with PMV. DESIGN: Before-and-after cohort study. SETTING: Multidisciplinary intensive care unit (ICU) in an academic medical center...
November 29, 2016: Journal for Healthcare Quality: Official Publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862689/applying-lean-six-sigma-methodology-to-reduce-cesarean-section-rate
#20
Ze-Ying Chai, Hua-Min Hu, Xiu-Ling Ren, Bao-Jin Zeng, Ling-Zhi Zheng, Feng Qi
OBJECTIVES: This study aims to reduce cesarean section rate and increase rate of vaginal delivery. METHODS: By using Lean Six Sigma (LSS) methodology, the cesarean section rate was investigated and analyzed through a 5-phase roadmap consisting of Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control. The principal causes of cesarean section were identified, improvement measures were implemented, and the rate of cesarean section before and after intervention was compared...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
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